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Geotechnical Business Committee
Bridge the Gap presents the recommendations developed by a Special Task Force formed by GBA to address the gap between the responsibilities of the geotechnical engineer of record (GER) and the geotechnical-specialty constructor (GSC). This document discusses the reasons for the gap; defines a model to help both geotechnical engineers and GSCs allocate responsibilities based on the delivery method being used on the project; and outlines recommendations for GSCs and geotechnical engineers to use in avoiding the gap. The paper encourages geotechnical engineers to evolve their scope of services when appropriate to collect the data needed for specialty design, prepare specialty designs, assist the Owner in selecting the GSC, and review the specialty construction.
Volunteers that serve on the GBA Board of Directors dedicate significant time and energy providing leadership to our Association. In this spotlight, read about Steve Wendland’s background and his advice to new geoprofessionals.
Read about Steve Wendland’s career of abundant opportunities: HERE
GBA Legal Affairs Committee
The GBA Model Contract Set is available as an on-line download. The set comprises five model contracts and a comprehensive users’ guide. The five model agreements are presented in both PDF and WORD versions.
This set consists of three groups of forms: one group of prime agreements and two of subcontract agreements. The two subcontract groups allocate risk differently between the parties: one allocates it asymmetrically – favoring the prime contracting party, while the other allocates it symmetrically – favoring neither party over the other.
A special thanks to Andrew Batson, Esq. (Sanborn Head & Associates) for his tireless efforts to update these documents and to GBA’s Legal Affairs Committee for their support.
- Prime Contract Forms
- Prime Subcontract Forms
- Symmetrical Subcontract Forms
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GBA Emerging Leaders Class
GBA has published over 100 case histories based on real-life events that have happened to geoprofessional firms. GBA Case Histories are unique because our members share real-life stories of problems that impacted their businesses. They also include the outcomes of corrective action, and lessons learned.
This episode in the series explores Case History #64 where the GBA Member Firm's civil engineer client developed the geotechnical engineering scope of services for exploration on and around an existing landfill, without adequately conveying the project goals to the geotechnical engineer. The civil engineer then erred when transferring information from the member's report to a set of plans. Both the civil engineering firm and Member Firm settled the ensuing claim but paid more than they believed was merited for their respective involvement.
Listen to Podcast: GBA Podcast: Case History #64: Communication is Key
GBA’s Conference Program Committee has selected a group of subject matter experts to explore emerging risks that will impact geoprofessional businesses in the future. Join your fellow industry professionals from across North America and beyond for GBA’s virtually delivered 2021 Spring Conference.
During this Conference, we will explore emerging risks that impact geoprofessional firms in 2021. They include:
Educate your entire team with access to the exceptional line-up of distinguished speakers, who will provide valuable take-aways benefiting your firm and each staff member.
- Cybersecurity Risk
- Declining Backlog Risk
- Employee Stress and Burnout
- New Approaches to Litigation
- Team Engagement
More Information and Register Now: 2021 Spring Conference
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Managing Project Risk Starts with an Honest Go/No-Go Evaluation
Atlas Technical Consultants, Inc.
Atlas Technical Consultants, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATCX) (“Atlas” or the “Company”), a leading provider of professional testing, inspection, engineering, environmental, and consulting services, announced that Jamie Myers is the new Chief Diversity Officer.
“My passion is working with the team and making Atlas an inclusive and welcoming place. When we commit to increased diversity, we are rewarded with a greater variety of perspectives, ideas and innovation, which results in a greater company,” said Jamie Myers, Atlas’ Chief Diversity Officer. “I am humbled, honored and proud to be part of the team leading this program to make meaningful change within Atlas.”
VHB is excited to announce the addition of Reggie Scales as Managing Director for the firm’s Raleigh office. In this role, Reggie will be dedicated to leading the development and implementation of the office’s growth strategy, overseeing complex projects, and managing the office’s 100 employees who are focused on providing land development, transportation, and environmental services to clients across the State.
As an AEC industry thought leader with experience in both the public and private sectors, Reggie has spent the past three decades of his career managing complex public policy initiatives, with a focus on transportation planning, land use administration, and public engagement strategies. He brings leadership experience and a broad client portfolio gained while at a global engineering consulting firm for more than 16 years, and in the public sector for more than 12 years.
BSK Laboratories can now meet all California PFAS analysis and monitoring requirements with our recent DoD ELAP Accreditation.
Our laboratories have performed PFAS analyses for over 8 years. During that time, the laboratory completed thousands of EPA Method 537 analyses while participating in the EPA’s UCMR3 monitoring program as well as Drinking Water analysis by EPA 537.1.
BSK is well versed in reporting and regulatory quality requirements needed for these analytes and we are now ready to accept your groundwater and soil samples.
Haley & Aldrich
Damage from a disrupter (such as a pandemic) is fast and unforgiving: It’s estimated that 90 percent of small businesses will fail if they are unable to reopen within five days, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). A local economic impact report released in September 2020 revealed that almost 100,000 businesses had permanently shut their doors due to the pandemic. The domino effect of these closed businesses will further impact the supply chain. Better business continuity plans or more nimble pandemic responses might have saved many of these organizations.
Knight Piésold Canada has been named a top employer in British Columbia, marking the ninth year that the company has been awarded this special designation. BC’s Top Employers for 2021 included industry-leading employers in the province offering outstanding workplaces with strong and comprehensive pandemic response plans to keep employees safe.
“Being recognized as a top employer in the province for the ninth year is a remarkable accomplishment, amidst challenges brought about by the pandemic. Our ongoing success is a result of our team’s incredible resilience and commitment in this challenging time,” said Ken Embree, President of Knight Piésold Canada. “Our team members, from both offices in Vancouver and North Bay, have demonstrated agility in transitioning workspaces either in the office or at home and shown strong teamwork to support each other, our clients, and surrounding communities.”
George Karayiannis, PE, has joined Kleinfelder’s San Diego team as a Senior Project Manager. With significant experience in the transportation industry, George will lead multidisciplinary engineering teams to deliver high-profile design and construction projects involving transportation infrastructure. As a primary point of contact for key clients, he will coordinate services and manage projects to ensure client needs are met through innovative solutions and sound recommendations. George will also play a key role in the area’s business development efforts.
“George’s technical and management experience combined with his thorough knowledge of the transportation industry make him a valuable partner to state and local agencies with infrastructure initiatives in the planning, design, or construction phase,” commented Western Region Transportation Design Manager Jim Frost. “We are excited to have him join our team, as he will prove to be an extremely valuable asset to our clients.”
Here at NOVA, we view success not solely as a single achievement, but as a lifestyle. Success means having the best of the best on our team to provide only the highest level of services to our clients. We’ve done it again by adding a key Geotechnical professional to our Tampa, Florida office. The warmest of welcomes to our new Senior Geotechnical engineer – William Rovira!
William has been an integral part of our industry since 2008. He has built a multitude of experience working with FDOT across various districts and with local municipalities on water/wastewater projects. He has also earned his Professional Engineering license in Florida, Georgia and Alabama.
Movser Ngai, PE, RRO has joined ECS as Senior Project Engineer in the facilities department of ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC. In this role, Mr. Ngai is responsible for preparing quality assurance observation documentation for building enclosure projects, witnessing and assisting in investigative analysis of existing building envelope assemblies, field testing services and assisting in garage rehabilitation services.
“It is a pleasure to work with multiple discipline groups in ECS to best serve our clients and provide cost-effective solutions,” says Ngai.
VHB advances growth in New York and New Jersey by welcoming Raffaela Dunne as Northeast Institutions Market Leader.
Raffaela brings 30 years of experience in ground-up development, repositioning assets and properties, and public-private partnerships to VHB’s legacy and prospective projects for institutions like Princeton University, Northwell Health, Catholic Health, and others. Raffaela’s extensive real estate experience drives her unique perspective that will enrich VHB service offerings to our development clients. As Institutions Market Leader, Raffaela will enhance project delivery while managing key client relationships and coordinating and overseeing regional institutions project teams.
British Columbia town will study possible concrete ban.
Seven Trends That Impact Commercial Construction Litigation in 2021
The sudden shift to remote working in response to Covid-19 intensified cyber-attacks and breaches on a global scale. Hackers took advantage of the gaps in these new target-rich environments and as a result governments, organizations and individuals have paid a heavy price.
Breaches almost doubled from 2019 with hackers attacking every 39 seconds. The types of cyber-attacks vary in sophistication, but financial gains remain the main motivator.
Climate Pledge Arena: Seattle’s sew home for hockey is an engineering marvel.
Deciding whether you should buy or build a CMT software platform that best fits your needs is a common decision that many AEC firms deliberate.
When making that decision, you must consider that ultimately what you need is a software platform that reduces turnaround time and errors, efficiently manages field and lab resources, automates routine tasks, and helps you seamlessly integrate new technologies and scale up project volume.
Fireball meteorite that blazed across the UK recovered from a driveway.
Billion-dollar weather and climate disasters, increasing.
To go electric, America needs more mines. Can it build them?
Tiny Town, Big Decision: What Are We Willing to Pay to Fight the Rising Sea?
This is not a drill, accounting departments fear job losses due to AI.
There are five building blocks for enhancing your firm’s digital engagement (i.e. how companies use their available technologies and processes to deliver great digital experiences and interactions to their customers).
Harvard Business Review
Is Your Midsize Company Designed for a Post-Pandemic Future?
How to motivate fatigued and stressed employees.
General Motors explores second US battery-production site.
Words of Wisdom
“Be so good they can’t ignore you.”
- Steve Martin
President: Kenneth R. "Ken" Johnston, (GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. / Norwood, MA), 781/278-3700|
President-Elect: Thomas W. "Tom" Blackburn, P.E., G.E., F.ASCE (Blackburn Consulting / Auburn, CA), 530/887-1494|
Secretary/Treasurer: Leo J. Titus, Jr. P.E., (ECS, Ltd. / Chantilly, VA), 703/471-8400
Chuck A. Gregory, P.E. (Terracon / San Antonio, TX), 210/641-2112
Martin LaRoche, P. Eng, M.Sc. (Kiewit / Montreal, Canada)
Guy Marcozzi, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, F. ASCE (Duffield Associates, Inc. / Wilmington, DE) 302/ 239-6634
Christopher Matthew "Matt" Moler, P.E. (S&ME, Inc. / Greensboro, NC), 336/553-1245
Matthew "Matt" R. Poirier, P.E. (Sanborn Head & Associates, Inc. / Concord, NH) 603/ 229-1900
Steve Wendland, P.G. Steve Wendland, P.E., R.G., D.GE (
GeoEngineers, Inc. / Prairie Village, KS ) 913/475-5851
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